Port Adelaide (6-4, 8th)
What’s gone right: Their superstars have come to play. Port’s reliable players are once again being reliable. Ken Hinkley can look at Robbie Gray, Justin Westhoff, Ollie Wines and Travis Boak among others and rely on them to pull their weight which allows time to develop the younger players and spend time on improvement rather than trying to help stars to get back to the way the used to be.
What’s gone wrong: All of their free agents haven’t played at the level Port would’ve hoped for at the start of the season. Firstly, Jack Watts has been good for the team but hasn’t taken over any games as you’d want from a former number one pick. He is averaging the lowest amount of marks per game since his rookie season. Tom Rockliff also hasn’t been able to get back his All-Australian form as he’s averaging his lowest number of disposals per game for his career with only 16 a game. Steven Motlop too has been quiet for the Power, and the free agents are going to need to put in a lot more if Port want to be fighting for a top four spot.
Best and fairest: Fortunately for Port, they have many candidates for best and fairest. Westhoff and Wines deserve a shout but the award definitely goes to Gray. Most would have Gray as a lock for All-Australian, and with the numbers he’s putting up, it’s hard to argue.
Season prediction: Port have seven of their remaining 12 games at the Adelaide Oval, after taking into account their current 3-1 record this season at Adelaide Oval, it means good things for the Power. They will end the season with a record of 13-9.